The Emperors and Empresses of Russia: Rediscovering the Romanovs

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Introduction

Akhmed Akhmedovich Iskenderov

For a long time, the history of the Romanov dynasty was a topic all but forbidden to official Soviet historiography, which in principle reacted negatively to dynastic history in general, and to the history of the Romanovs and the reigns of its individual representatives in particular. They were subjected to severe criticism, fundamentally denunciatory in nature. What epithets were not bestowed upon the Russian tsars! They were accused of every vice--stupidity, spinelessness, petty tyranny, incompetence in and disinclination to occupy themselves with affairs of state, even dislike of Russia. Only a few Romanovs, for example Peter I, attracted the attention of historians and writers, but in most cases the portraits that were created reflected the biased political and ideological directives that prevailed in society at that time.

Particularly harsh criticism was applied to the last Romanovs, whose activity was perceived as entirely negative. This served the goal of demonstrating that Russia, as it strove to reach the level of the industrially developed countries of Europe and the world, had no alternative other than a violent, revolutionary break with its existing way of life and prior system of social relationships.

Only recently, in the wake of the changing situation in the new Russia and society's growing interest in the fatherland's true history, have publications (including reprints) of memoirs and monographs previously unknown to Russian readers begun to appear. These publications have made it possible to examine our country's past anew and to characterize without bias the state and public figures who performed on the political stage, including the members of the Romanov dynasty and this dynasty's role and place in Russian history.

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Table of contents

  • The New Russian History ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • About the Editors and Contributors vii
  • Preface ix
  • Introduction xiii
  • Emperor Peter I, 1682-1725 3
  • Empress Anna Ivanovna, 1730-1740 37
  • Empress Elizabeth I, 1741-1762 66
  • Emperor Peter III, 1762 101
  • Empress Catherine II, 1762-1796 134
  • Emperor Paul I, 1796-1801 177
  • Emperor Alexander I, 1801-1825 216
  • Emperor Nicholas I, 1825-1855 256
  • Emperor Alexander II, 1855-1881 294
  • Emperor Alexander III, 1881-1894 334
  • Emperor Nicholas II, 1894-1917 369
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 403
  • Index 405
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